Careers at The Land Institute
The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources.
The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from several continents to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.
Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists and field and research technicians as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance and administrative.
Current Job Openings at The Land Institute
The Land Institute seeks a full-time Commercialization Manager, responsible for implementing our strategy to support the ongoing commercialization of Kernza® and other perennial grains in development. This new location-flexible position will work closely with the management team including the President, Director of Research, Kernza Lead Scientist, Chief Strategy Officer, and others, in all aspects of his/her work. The Manager will be oversee current day-to-day and scale-up commercialization activity around IP, licensing, etc. The new staff member will also play a pivotal role in facilitating the design of a socially responsible business model for perennial grain commercialization, and manage the implementation of the model across the supply chain.
The preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience in farming, agronomy, and/or grain supply chains; extensive experience in a business, management, or financial field; excellent communication and networking skills; and experience in new venture creation, or considerable knowledge of agricultural economics and business structures. See full position description here.
To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to gro.e1542534109tutit1542534109snidn1542534109al@sr1542534109eerac1542534109. Position will remain open until filled.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Agricultural Plant-Insect Interactions
This full-time postdoctoral research associate will work in the Crop Protection Ecology program, with Dr. Ebony Murrell. The project consists of an interdisciplinary team of Dr. Murrell at The Land Institute, Dr. Jared Ali (chemical ecologist) at Penn State, Dr. Swayamjit Ray (molecular biologist) at Penn State, and Dr. Jason Kaye (soil ecologist) at Penn State. The postdoctoral research associate will investigate effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and nutrient availability on insect-induced plant defenses in annual and perennial grain crops. The position will be for two years with a possible third year extension.
Candidates will perform a variety of duties including conducting whole-plant greenhouse assays, extracting RNA from plant tissue samples, assisting with laboratory insect colonies and more. The applicant should have successfully defended their dissertation before the start date and have a proven track record of publication in agroecology, plant-insect interactions, plant-mycorrhizal interactions, or a closely related discipline. See full position description here.
Interested applicants should provide a single pdf file containing a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and up to three published manuscripts. Please email your application packet to Ebony Murrell at gro.e1542534109tutit1542534109snidn1542534109al@ll1542534109errum1542534109. Questions about the position may be sent to the same address. Application review will begin on November 9, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
Other Employment Opportunities
Don’t see a link to a current open position, or don’t see a position that fits your skill set? Feel free to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to gro.e1542534109tutit1542534109snidn1542534109al@sr1542534109eerac1542534109 and we will keep your information on file for future employment opportunities
Internships at The Land Institute
With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, our permanent research staff can’t always keep up. Every year we rely on seasonal interns to help us out. All internships are paid positions. Although interns are often students, we consider adult applicants of any age and background.
Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. Fieldwork includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop Natural Systems Agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.
We generally require that interns commit to a duration of at least three months between May and October. Interns are paid and work ~40 hour weeks. Interns do not receive housing, but we help organize housing for those who request help. Rent is typically around $300/month. Most interns fall somewhere between sophomores in college to recently graduated, but there are exceptions on both ends of that gradient.
Applications for Fall 2018/Winter 2019 internships are now open. Download application here, fill out, and return to gro.e1542534109tutit1542534109snidn1542534109al@of1542534109ni1542534109.
Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
The Perennial Agriculture Project, a joint-project of Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation and The Land Institute, has an Individual Grants Program that awards grants to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at partner institutions throughout the United States.
For more information, please contact Project Operations Director Rachel Stroer at gro.e1542534109tutit1542534109snidn1542534109al@re1542534109orts1542534109.
Apply for a position at The Land Institute today by sending your resume and cover letter to gro.e1542534109tutit1542534109snidn1542534109al@sr1542534109eerac1542534109